THEMIS 2018 Competition Grand Final – the brightest EU judicial stars will shine in Paris!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

  • EJTN’s 12TH THEMIS Grand Final Competition is on – with the 8 best semi-finalist winning teams set to gather in Paris for the final round of the Competition.
  • The 4 Semi-Final rounds of 2018 have seen exceptional performances by 41 teams from around Europe.

From the 41 teams representing more than 160 EU magistrates that competed in the 4 Semi-Final rounds of EJTN’s 2018 THEMIS Competition, the best 8 teams will now have the opportunity to debate and deliver a stellar performance at the 12TH THEMIS Grand Final Competition! The Competition will take place October 28-31 in Paris at the EJTN Member of the French National School for the Judiciary (École Nationale de la Magistrature, ENM) with an awards ceremony to follow at the Grand Chamber of the Court of Cassation.

Shining teams
In the city of lights, the competing teams will have to shine before a jury of the best European experts in the field of Human Rights: Ms Rosa Jansen, Judge and the President of the Board of Victim Support -The Netherlands; Mr Ján Šikuta, Judge at the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic and former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights; Ms Jana Gajdošová, Head of Sector (Access to Justice) European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); Mr Martin Kuijer, Senior Legal Adviser on Human Rights Law (Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, member of the Venice Commission); and, Mr Nic Madge, writer, former Circuit Judge and Member of the Judicial College.

This year’s THEMIS Grand Final will start with an on-the-spot written assignment based on the case dealing with the Right to a Fair Trial (Art 47 EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Art 6 ECHR). The subsequent debates over the next two days will include pairs of teams adopting an opposing view to the Human Rights case issues.

The winning team of the THEMIS 2018 Grand Final will receive a one-week study visit of their choice organised and financed by the EJTN, which will help them secure their place in the constellation of European justice.

Overview of the THEMIS Semi-Final competitions in 2018
It has been another shining year for EJTN’s THEMIS Competition with 41 teams from around Europe taking part in the challenging Semi-Final rounds. 

Semi-Final A: International Cooperation in Criminal Matters
The Spanish Judicial School in Barcelona was the setting of the first 2018 THEMIS Semi-Final competition, which was held 24-27 April 2018. Over 4 days, 13 teams from across Europe defended their written papers and debated challenging issues with fellow team members as well as the assembled jury members. EJTN had the honour of having distinguished members of the jury to assess the competing teams: Mr. David Dickson, Head of Extradition from the Scottish Prosecution Service; Mr. Oliver Scheiber, Judge and the Head of the District Court in Meidling (Vienna); and, Mr. José Villodre López; an investigative judge and a trainer at the Spanish Judicial School. The jury awarded first place to Team Czech Republic, second place to Team Bulgaria and third place to Team Italy. Special Awards of the Jury were given to Team Estonia, Team Finland, Team Albania and Team Germany.

Semi-Final B: European Family Law
The Lithuanian National Courts Administration in Vilnius hosted the second Semi-Final, which was held 5-7 May 2018. 6 teams defended their written papers and presented interesting new cases within EU family law. The jury members were Ms. Danute Jociene, judge at the Constitutional Court of Lithuania and a former judge at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Ms. Zinka Bulka, judge at the County Court of Velika Gorica and Mr. Aleš Galič, professor of International Private Law and Civil Procedure. The jury awarded first place to Team France, second place to Team Portugal II and third place to Team Serbia.

Semi-Final C: International Cooperation in Civil Matters
The third Semi-Final was held 4-7 June 2018 at the National School of Judiciary in Thessaloniki, Greece. 11 teams defended their written papers and debated the topics of the EU civil procedure with other colleagues and the members of the jury. The members of the jury were Ms Haldi Koit, advisor at the Ministry of Justice of Estonia and lecturer in private international law, Mr Christian Herrera, lawyer and lecturer in international litigation and Mr Goran Selanec, Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia. The jury awarded first place to Team Austria, second place to Team Romania and the third place to Team Germany. Special Awards of the Jury were given to Team Hungary and TEAM Italy I. 

Semi-Final D: Judicial Ethics and Professional Conduct
The last THEMIS Semi-Final was held 3-6 July 2018 at the Hungarian Academy of Justice in Budapest. 11 teams raised the bar very high with their dynamic and interactive presentations, and the jury members had a challenging task of assessing the teams. The jury members were Ms Edith Zeller, judge, Administrative Court of Vienna and the President of the Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ), Ms Morana Briski, Senior Court Counsellor at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia and Mr Horatius Dumbava, judge and a full-time trainer in ethics at Romania’s National Institute of Magistracy. Congratulations went to Team Czech Republic II for winning first place, Team France for second place and Team Hungary for winning third place. Special Awards of the Jury were given to Team Greece and the Hungarian Academy of Justice awarded a prize for the best presentation to Team Lithuania.